Everyone’s favorite character returns to make his presence felt in the latest Star Wars novel.
But things haven’t gone to well for Jar Jar ever since we last saw him initiating the decay of democracy when he pushed forth the vote to give Chancellor Palpatine emergency powers over the Republic.
The series of Aftermath books take place between the end of Return of the Jedi and the beginning of the Force Awakens, explaining many of the changes in the timeline that occur when the latest film begins.
In the book, a refugee character named Mapo is on the streets of Naboo when he witnesses the Gungan performing as a street clown, entertaining the onlooking children while the adults pass by.
He introduces himself to Mapo and tells him that people don’t like him because he helped the Empire take control. Poor Jar Jar has since fallen on hard times and has had to become a literal clown to make ends meet.
Does this mean we’ll see the character pop up in a future installment? Unlikely, but despite these hardships it’s nice to see one of the series’ most misunderstood characters make it out of the Galactic Civil War alive. Maybe the First Order could use an in-house entertainer to alleviate all that tension during meetings with Supreme Leader Snoke?
Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End releases in bookstores on February 21.